Dr. Thomas D. Kerenyi *

Born in Hungary in 1935, Dr. Kerenyi lived through WWII which had a profound impact on him. At the age of 10, his father was taken as a political prisoner to serve in a Siberian labor camp for ten years. Shortly after he returned, he made the agonizing choice to leave his reunited family and risk his life fleeing the country in search of freedom in the wake of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. After a harrowing escape, he made it across the border to Austria and eventually to the U.S. The grueling ocean crossing left him in tears at the sight of the Statute of Liberty in NY harbor. He spoke no En¬glish, knew no one and had no money. Fortunately, an uncle assisting the government, recognized his name on a refugee list and took him out of the camp. He helped him get into Temple Univ to learn English. He was later admitted to Cornell Medical School. Kerenyi eventually went on to serve as Chief of OB/GYN at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC and became a recognized pioneer in his field, delivering thou-sands of babies and advocating for women throughout his career. Kerenyi gave back by creating a medical fellowship program for young Hungarian doctors. For his accomplishments he was knighted in his native Hungary.